Books by Elizabeth Alexander

THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD by Elizabeth Alexander
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"A delicate, existentially elegiac memoir."
A distinguished poet meditates on the early death of her beloved artist husband. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2012

"Even listeners who aren't quite sure what some of the words mean will enjoy listening to their soothing, sonorous flow and poring over the pictures to find vivid glimpses of their own and others' lives and dreams. (Picture book. 6 & up)"
A moving poem broadens its potential impact with evocative, dreamlike illustrations from Caldecott Medalist Diaz. Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"A foreword provides a brief prose history of the school; a concluding authors' note explains their collaborative process. (Poetry. 10+)"
Two years after Suzanne Jurmain's nonfiction chronicle, Forbidden Schoolhouse (2005), comes a glorious poetic celebration of the teacher and students at a Connecticut school that defied mid-19th-century convention to educate African-American girls. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"A few of the parts are more powerful than the whole."
Uneven collection of nine essays by Alexander (African-American Studies/Yale) examining the role of the black artist in the larger culture and within the black community. Read full book review >